Women leaders across #TakeOnTyphoid

Meet some of the incredible #ScienceSHEroes behind our work to advance health equity.

Fact: Half of the world’s population is represented by women. Another fact: Fewer than 30 percent of scientists and researchers around the world are women. This means that gender barriers, stereotypes, and prejudice still prevent women and girls from getting into science, math, and medicine, ultimately denying them the equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’re putting the spotlight on some of the amazing women behind our global progress to take on typhoid. These #ScienceSHEroes come from different backgrounds and geographies, and represent work across many different areas of research and care – from doctors to frontline healthcare workers, to research scientists, to policymakers. Together with other global partners, they have contributed to the efforts to better understand typhoid burden; to advocate for introduction and access to typhoid conjugate vaccines; to ensure national governments are thinking about typhoid prevention and control as a priority as we work toward the Sustainable Development Goals and achieving universal health care. These seven women are strong leaders, brilliant scientists, researchers, and physicians, and they are all fierce typhoid advocates. On International Women’s Day, we applaud their energy and dedication to improving access to vaccines and achieving health equity; we are honored to work with them to #TakeOnTyphoid.

Dr. Anita Zaidi

Dr. Farah Naz Qamar

Dr. Firdausi Qadri

Dr. Mila Shakya

Dr. Nginache Nampota

Dr. Portia Manangazira 

Dr. Senjuti Saha

Fact: No matter where in the world you are born, your life will be harder if you are born a girl. Another fact: It’s time to change this narrative and ensure equal opportunities for all women and girls, including access to science! These women are leading the way!

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